Jon Crispin's Notebook

Men’s Room, Stockbridge Hall, UMASS

Posted in Architecture, bathrooms, Buildings, public toilets, restrooms, toilets by joncrispin on 22/03/2015

I was really happy to have an assignment in Stockbridge Hall today.  It gave me the chance to visit one of the best public toilets in the area.  The building was built in 1915, and most of this room seems original.  One of the sinks on the left is missing but the space is otherwise mostly intact.  Look at those urinals! / Here is a different angle↓.

It is really rare to find a bathroom in an institutional setting that hasn’t been completely destroyed by modernization.  This room would be so easy to restore to its original state, but given that it is on the grounds of a public university, that is something that will probably never happen.  Several years ago I shot a 360° panorama in here, and unbeknownst to me, there was a guy in one of the stalls!

Bishop’s Park Gents

Posted in Architecture, Cities, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 16/03/2012

Only some of you might be interested in this, but I have always enjoyed older public restrooms, especially here in Britain.  This is the gents in the middle of Bishop’s Park.  Beautiful tile, the urinals are all porcelain, no graffiti and clean.  I am always a bit nervous about taking pictures in public facilities, but fortunately no one walked in on me.  It would be a bit difficult to explain what I was doing.

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